Baltimore Opera Company has bountiful season


The Baltimore Opera Company ended the 1994-95 season with a surplus of $556,662, according to Michael Harrison, the company's general director.

Total box office receipts for the season were $1,607,844, an increase of 22 percent over the 1993-94 season, he reported. Subscribers numbered 7,768, with a total audience of over 30,000. Contributions and pledges totaled $1,558,309 -- a 253 percent increase over the previous year, according to Mr. Harrison.

He praised the efforts of John R. Young, the chairman of the company's board of trustees. "Jay Young's extraordinary lead gift and vigorous fund-raising efforts in the private and corporate sectors were the keys to the success of this stabilization campaign," he said.

The fund-raising allowed the company to eradicate all operating deficits and establish a $168,000 restricted working capital fund, he said.

The company kicks off its 1995-96 season next Saturday with "La Traviata."

Grants made

Everyman Theatre has announced the award of $30,000 toward its newly launched $36,000 capital campaign. The theater received a $20,000 grant from the Abell Foundation and a $10,000 grant from the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund. The monies will support the purchase of a permanent lighting and sound system, permanent seating and other capital improvements to the theater. For information or to make a donation, call (410) 752-6757.

'Christmas Carol'

The Morris A. Mechanic Theatre will present "Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol," starring John Astin as Ebenezer Scrooge, from Dec. 12 through Dec. 17. Ticket prices range from $17 to $35 depending on time of show, and children under 12 get a $10 discount. For tickets, call (410) 625-1400.

Ceramist to lecture

Ceramist William Daley will give a slide lecture and a two-day workshop Oct. 21 and 22 at the Potters Guild of Baltimore. The Guild, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 101, is the oldest of its kind in the Baltimore area. The cost of the lecture and workshop is $75. For more information or to register, call (410) 653-3482..

Benefit performance

Cabaret artist Shannon Wollman will star in a fund-raiser for Chase-Brexton Health Services of Baltimore, a community-based clinic specializing in HIV disease, on Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. at the Theatre at Essex Community College. Ms. Wollman, accompanied by a six-piece orchestra, will perform in a tribute to the members of the Baltimore-Washington theater community who have been affected by the HIV virus. All expenses, talent and materials are being donated, including use of the theater. A champagne reception follows the performance. Tickets cost $25 and are tax deductible. For tickets or information, call (410) 780-6369.

Singing lullabies

Maryland Sings, a choir featuring children and teen-agers ages 8 to 19, has released "Maryland Sings, Sings Lullabies," a multi-cultural collection of original and adapted lullabies and play songs. For more information, call (410) 356-3523. To order, send a check for $12.25 to Maryland Sings, Lullabies, P.O. Box 254, Owings Mills 21117.


* Covered Bridge Theatre will be holding auditions to find a dog to play Sandy, Annie's dog, in its fall musical, "Annie." Needed is a medium-large tan/brown or sandy colored dog who is not timid and who will obey basic commands. To arrange an audition, call (410) 287-1037.

* The Magical Experiences Arts Company is holding auditions for those who would enjoy working with disabled children and adults in performances by and for people with mental and physical handicaps and learning difficulties. For more information, call (410) 358-7115.

* The National Shakespeare Conservatory, based in New York, will hold scholarship auditions in Baltimore on Nov. 4 and 5 for the Two-year Professional Actor Training Program. Actors interested in applying should call (800) 472-6667.

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